Let me explain.
It looks like the bald guy with the annoying voice needs some money and therefor asks a ridiculous amount of money for access to the ‘exclusive’ video and photo blog of the Smashing Pumpkins, which of Corgan is the only original band-member left. It’s a lousy 40$ for 12 weeks of updates (that’s 172$ per year!) where subscription to the average fanclub is about 40$ per year, and you’ll get
- at least 25 minutes of ‘unique’ audio/video material each week in at least 5 updates (5hrs in 12 weeks that is. Whoohoo!!!);
- footage shared within 24 hours of being recorded (YouTube is quicker);
- a negative bank account;
- no exclusive fanclub t-shirt.
Billy, dude. That’s bullshit. These days, you share all your thoughts, ideas, diaries and music via thinks like Twitter (you are on it but are barely sharing interesting things), MySpace (as long as it lasts), YouTube (ever heard of that?) and, we almost forgot, your very own website. The best of it: it’s free and available to all.
Most fun of all is that Billy Corgan states that it “is not profit motivated”. Why is this so expensive then? Where’s the money going to? You want to let your fans pay your salary of a few million dollars per year? Beside, with 40$ to subscribe, you won’t reach all your fans directly. The footage will leak on the internet anyhow. Why would you let your beloved supporters pay this much to get a piece of you when it’s available for free shortly after publication?
Get awake man, we are living in 2009 and you are living in the land of the free. Wouldn’t that be a nice statement, to share the footage of your crappy one-man band for zero dollars, named after your well-known song? Oh, no, that’s not an option. Because you’re old-fashioned. Just like an ugly potato.